Archive for July, 2011

By July 31, 2011 Read More →

Mac OSX Lion LaunchPad Control

launchpadcontrolWe all love the new LaunchPad found in Apple’s Mac OSX Lion, but, if like me, you need further control of the LaunchPad, such as hiding apps without removing them, then look no further.

Launchpad-Control by Andreas Ganske provides you with a System Preference Pane that allows you to select what apps you wish to hide using a simple check to show, un-check to hide option on each app.

Simply download this free app, view your System Preference Pane and un-check all those apps you wish to hide. The advantage over this method is it simply hides the shortcut from the LaunchPad, the application can still be found, launched and used from within your Applications Folder.

Head over to to download this for free. Of course donations are appreciated.

Download now


Posted by: Danny

Posted in: News
By July 31, 2011 Read More →

Synaps External Battery Reviews

Synaps External Battery I’ve recently been provided with two different types of external battery power for the Apple iPhone 4.

Both are made by Synaps. The first is the ‘Power case contour battery pack‘ (JP1300).

This external battery has been designed to fit the iPhone 4 and be used as a case as well as a method of charging your battery. Its available in Blue, Red and the colour I have been supplied, Black.

The packaging is clean and displays the product well. It’s typical retail accessory packaging, which can be seen as a negative as it wouldn’t stand out on a shelf of other accessories.

Once opened, you’ll find the battery pack, a micro-usb charger and a manual. It’s a real shame they decided to include a micro-usb charger instead of the official Apple dock connection as this means you need to carry an additional cable with you. The micro-usb cable does work with the USB plug supplied with the iPhone 4.

Posted in: Gadgets, Phones, Reviews
By July 30, 2011 Read More →

ZTE Tureis demo video

zte-tureis-front We first saw the ZTE Tureis in action at the ZTE event we attended a few weeks ago but now we’ve managed to get hold of a pre-release handset for to have a good look at.

The Tureis really isn’t a bad looking device and it one of only a handful Android smartphones to have the fixed front-facing keyboard similar in appearance to a BlackBerry Bold these could well appeal to those that want a BlackBerry style device without the BlackBerry price tag or those looking for an entry level Android handset with hardware keyboard. At under £130 SIM-free the ZTE Tureis seems to be good value.

As we’ve said before, we don’t review pre-release handsets as ROM versions can and do change before they go on sale and sometimes the changes can be dramatic. We’ve got a French version here at the moment with an AZERTY keyboard. We’ll be getting the retail version to review soon but for now you can check out the unboxing video below.


Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By July 29, 2011 Read More →

BlackBerry 9900 official launch event


Next week, on Wednesday, August 3rd, RIM are having a press event in Central London where one can only presume we will get the official BlackBerry Bold 9900 launch details. Various dates for launch have been bouncing around the internet for some time although none of the UK carriers have committed to a specific date yet. Many online retailers that sell sim free handsets say August 15th but until we hear it from RIM direct I wont hold my breath.

We could however see some other devices at the event, although I am not putting my money on this. We know RIM will have several new models in the market this year but when and where remains a mystery.

As soon as we have the Bold 9900’s launch date will will of course let you know.

In the meantime you can see our hands on video here if you have not seen it already. And our full review of the device will be published within the next few days.


Posted by: James

Posted in: News
By July 29, 2011 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy S II officially coming in white


We posted earlier this week that we had heard that a white version of the Samsung Galaxy S II was coming soon. Samsung have now confirmed this and the device will be available from September 1st.

You can see the full press release below:

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., today announces that following the success of the original Galaxy S II released in May this year, the popular handset will now also be available in white in the UK from the 1st September 2011. The sleek and stylish Galaxy S II is the first handset to offer Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus screen technology, the largest, brightest and most colourful screen available in Samsung’s portfolio of devices.
Super slim (8.49mm) and lightweight (116g) Samsung’s Galaxy S II runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is super-fast thanks to its dual-core 1.2GHz processor. The device’s exceptionally bright screen makes it perfect for watching movies and TV or playing games and looking at apps, with its ground-breaking ‘organic’ LED technology, Super AMOLED Plus also saving energy so you can enjoy watching content without affecting the battery life.
The Galaxy S II is built for multi-tasking, its dual-core processor makes switching between applications and loading web pages such as Google, Yahoo and YouTube quick, whilst superior 3D hardware means games and videos can be loaded and played with ease. What’s more, there’s immediate access to content and services such as catch up TV and movie downloads, thanks to super-fast connectivity and WiFi, with speeds up to 21Mbps which provides increased download speeds, and Bluetooth 3.0+HS which reduces data transfer times significantly.

Posted in: Press Releases
By July 29, 2011 Read More →

Kodak Easyshare Max Z990 review

Kodak Easyshare Max Z990 review Kodak as we all know, have been around for a very long time, providing great affordable digital cameras to the masses, but they haven’t often ventured into the what I would call ‘Beginner photographer’ market. By this I mean the Bridge camera as this is often seen as the stop gap between a blooming photographers becoming a professional user, the obvious next step after a bridge camera is a DSLR which are A LOT more expensive than this one.

I have in for review a brand new Bridge camera from Kodak named- Kodak Easyshare Max Z990. Will this stack up against the competition or fall flat on its face due to relative inexperience in the field of bridge cameras?

Read on to find out.

Posted in: Cameras, Printers, Reviews
By July 28, 2011 Read More →

BBM 6: App Integration


So if you are a BlackBerry user you hopefully have downloaded BBM 6 today. You may have been a little disappointed not to see any changes to how the application looks and if you have not done any research you may well have been scratching your head wondering what all the fuss was about.

What this latest update has brought to BBM is app integration. There are a full list of apps that support BBM integration over on the BlackBerry Blog but I though the best way to show you quickly how it works is with the below video demonstrating how BBM now works with the popular Foursquare application.

Enough of me waffling. See the video after the break and lets look forward to more and more apps supporting BBM.

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By July 28, 2011 Read More →

ViewSonic launches its new generation of low profile PJD5 series projectors

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I know nothing at all about projectors but luckily ViewSonic know loads and this new range look pretty awesome.

Building upon a successful family of projectors ViewSonic have reinvigorated its PJD5 series with a new generation of products that continue to deliver high quality projection displays.
Weighing only 2.6kg the new generation of PJD5 series projectors are equally at home in the classroom, on the road, or in the boardroom, but now incorporate new additional features. 
The entire family benefits from a sleeker optimised design, which reduces the profile by 20%, making the unit more discreet and adopts the highly successful top cover lamp access design, yet still delivers an enhanced brightness of 2700 lumens.
The range consists of five models aimed at providing users a choice depending upon their requirements; two with SVGA, two with XGA resolution and a WXGA model.
The PJD5133, PJD5233 and PJD5523w come with HDMI connectors, equipping them with all the features needed for a home entertainment or multimedia system.  Every projector in the range is 3D-ready, capable of accepting 120Hz input from sources such as Sky 3D, 3D Bluray or Sony Playstation 3 and when used with ViewSonic’s VP3D1 and PGD-250 3D glasses deliver an amazing 3D experience.

Trevor Holt, European Product Manager for Projectors says “This is the 2nd generation of 5 series projectors which we have improved based on customer feedback.  We have made subtle but important changes, such as introducing a built in presentation timer, mouse control function via the projector remote control and enhanced security with Kensington slot and security bar.   All these new features continue to differentiate ViewSonic projectors from our competitors.”


Posted by: James

Posted in: Press Releases
By July 28, 2011 Read More →

BBM 6 incoming!


BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), one of the largest mobile social networks in the world is now enabling a new and revolutionary social experience. Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the availability of BBM version 6 (BBM 6), which provides support for "BBM connected" apps, allowing users to easily interact with each other from within the BBM connected app.

BBM connected apps integrate the popular functionality of the BBM service and offer users the ability to interact with their friends from within the app itself. For example, with a BBM connected game app, users can invite their BBM friends to join them in a game and then chat with one another in real time while the game is being played – without ever leaving the game app.

BBM 6 launches today and a selection of BBM connected apps are already available on BlackBerry App World.

“BBM 6 marks the beginning of an even greater social experience for BlackBerry smartphone users,” said Alistair Mitchell, VP, BBM Platform & Integrated Services at Research In Motion. “It also represents an incredible opportunity for developers to leverage the viral nature of the BBM service and we have already begun working with various developer partners who will be bringing their BBM connected apps to BlackBerry App World this week, offering users highly engaging app experiences.”


Posted in: Press Releases
By July 28, 2011 Read More →

LG Optimus 3D Review

Optimus3D-main Announced a few months ago at MWC 2011, it is finally here on British shores, the Optimus 3D from LG is the first 3D phone available on the market and that is not the only thing it has to show off. The Optimus 3D also boasts a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM and 2, yes count them, 2 cameras for taking 3D photos!

But is this the phone to rule them all? Is this better than the rest? Should you embark your journey into the visual third dimension astride the Optimus 3D? Well, read on to find out!


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